…Non-in­clu­sion fu­elling ag­i­ta­tion in S/East

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

The youth arm of Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo so­cio-cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion, has at­trib­uted the in­ces­sant ag­i­ta­tions in the South East to lack of recog­ni­tion of the youths in pol­i­tics.

The group, there­fore, ad­vised po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Anam­bra State to choose youths as their can­di­dates in the Novem­ber 18 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion or be ready to face them.

Speak­ing to news­men af­ter their meet­ing in Awka, yes­ter­day, the Co­or­di­na­tor of Peace Am­bas­sadors and Eastern Fo­rum, Chizzy Umeobi, de­clared that any po­lit­i­cal party that failed to pro­duce a youth as its can­di­date would not get the bless­ing and sup­port of the youths.

“It is the ne­glect of the youths by po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the South East that is caus­ing all the ag­i­ta­tions by IPOB, MASSOB and other Bi­afran groups.

“The essence of the meet­ing was to draw the at­ten­tion of Ndigbo, es­pe­cially the po­lit­i­cal class, that the youths are not be­ing car­ried along and we want that to stop im­me­di­ately.

“Any party that fails to give its ticket to a youth will fail the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion; we don’t be­long to any po­lit­i­cal party but we need youth­ful blood in the sys­tem,” he said.

Umeobi, who faulted the stand of IPOB that gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion would not hold in Anam­bra, how­ever, said that the youths and the Bi­afran agi­ta­tors were work­ing to­gether.

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